Pegasus, the spyware sold to governments which 'attacks activists,'
According to media reports, human rights activists, journalists, and lawyers all around the world have been targeted by phone virus supplied to authoritarian countries by an Israeli surveillance corporation. They were leaked to major news sources from a list of up to 50,000 phone numbers of people deemed to be of interest to NSO clients. It's unclear where the list originated, or who's phones were actually hacked. NSO denies any wrongdoing on its part.
It claims the software is only available to military, law enforcement, and intelligence organisations from nations with good human rights records, and that it is meant for use against criminals and terrorists. It claimed in a statement that the original study by the Paris-based NGO Forbidden Stories and the human rights organisation Amnesty International, which led to the reports, was "full of erroneous assumptions and uncorroborated speculations."
The Washington Post, the Guardian, Le Monde, and 14 other media outlets around the world published allegations concerning the use of Pegasus software on Sunday.
Around 180 journalists from Agence France-Presse, CNN, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and other news organisations are claimed to be on the list.